New Mexico will never leave you, no matter where you go

(CLICK AND ENLARGE ABOVE – – This is the exact spot where I first fell in love with New Mexico in 1965 when I came to attend the University of Albuquerque, all the way from Japan…the university was located right next to this spot where you can see the beautiful Sandia Mountains and the beautiful Rio Grande on the West Mesa…it is now the location of St. Pius High School)

Once you taste the beauty and uniqueness of New Mexico, it will never leave you, no matter where you go.

In fact, it will tell you sooner or later that this is the place to return to and spend the rest of your remaining life.

This is the reason why so many out-of-state students who, for the first time, come to New Mexico to attend colleges and universities (for one reason or other) will decide to come back here, even after graduating and returning to their points of origin.

I know many such students (such as those from the East Coast areas such as New York and the Mid-West areas such as Chicago) who eventually came back and decided to live here and became residents of this great state.

And the same goes for many students from foreign countries, even.


Because once you taste the beauty and uniqueness of New Mexico, it will tell you that sooner or later this will be the place to spend the rest of your life.


Because there is no place like New Mexico – – its beautiful, mild climate, its rich and diverse culture and wonderful, generous people.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – I just love the beautiful desert environment here in New Mexico – – from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK AND ENLARGE ABOVE  – – looking at the Sandia Mountains and the village of Corrales in the background)

New Mexico is the 5th largest State in the Union, yet its entire population is only around 2 million.   It has been (and will be) that way for quite some time.


Because many people in the United States (and most people in the world) do not even seem to know (or do not seem to care) that we even exist.   LOL!!

In a way, it’s the best kept secret.

(Some people here like to keep it that way).

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – I will spend the rest of the remaining sunset years of my life here – – taken from a public nature walkway close to our home, with the majestic view of the Sandia Mountains, taken in June of 2017)

(CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO ABOVE – – cows enjoying the beautiful day, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, from Bernalillo (population 10,000) – – Nov. 3, 2015 – – temperature 68 degrees F   (20 degrees C).

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Gorgeous greenery in the desert……beautiful and serene Japanese Garden at the BioPark in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. – – April 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m., temperature – a comfortable 73 degrees F (22 degrees C)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A full moon, right next to the Sandia Mountains…..from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, U.S.A.….December 16, 2013….5 p.m…..temperature 45 degrees F, 7 degrees C – -This photo still remains my most favorite)



(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The majestic Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande – – taken in May of 2020)


Here is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard:

THE LIGHTS OF ALBUQUERQUE – – Jim Glaser’s wonderful song.

Nothing in the world is more beautiful than the lights of Albuquerque, especially coming in from the West on I-40.  It’s simply gorgeous.

My wife and I retired in 2008 and moved from California to Rio Rancho, New Mexico, which is right next to Albuquerque. It was the best decision of our lives.

From Rio Rancho we can see the beautiful lights of Albuquerque:



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27 thoughts on “New Mexico will never leave you, no matter where you go

  1. That’s exactly how I feel, Norio.
    Thank you again for giving us all so much: many things, like photos, memories, landscapes, even recipies… from New Mexico.
    Texas was my “home State”, [just kidding: I was just a 38 years old immigrant] but my heart will be in New Mexico for ever…


  2. When I was growing up and traveling back to NM to visit from where ever we were living, my Mom used to say through her tears of joy “We are now in God’s Country.” I fondly remember when we returned from Japan after my dad’s 3 1/2 year tour in the Navy in 1971; my mom crying, thanking God and kissing the ground when we crossed the state line. She’s been gone 33 years but before she died she moved us all back here from California and made sure we settled and stayed in the land of her ancestors “God’s Country”- Natalie from Santa Fe

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    • Norio,
      Want to thank you for all your beautiful pictures that you post!
      I lived in Albuquerque for 15 years, loved everyday I was there. My wife is a native of Albuquerque, grew up in the valley.
      We moved to Austin, Texas in Jan.2014, for work, kids and grandchildren.
      Maybe, hopefully, we’ll move back one day!
      Until then, I’ll keep enjoying your pictures!

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  3. Thank you Notion!
    You words and pics make me emotional. I grew up in New Mexico. I now live in Georgia. Yes, I do miss this a lot!


  4. A very nice read. Left there in 81 and now live in Tennessee. I miss it all the time. Your photos are great. Hope to get back there before dirt gets throwed in my face. Rock on New Mexico.


  5. Glen Campbell who became a music icon,Jim Morrison of The Doors, John Denver,as well as Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO,Bill Gates of Microsoft,Conrad Hilton founder of the Hilton Hotel Chain,Georgia O’Keefe, San Ildefonso Potter Maria Martinez,and others were either born and raised or, got their start here in New Mexico!

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  6. This is a wonderful, simple blog Norio. I grew up in Albuquerque, went to college in Santa Fe, and spent a total of almost 18 years of my life in NM. What you say is absolutely right- it never leaves you. I’ve been living on the East Coast for about 5 years now and I forever miss the desert southwest, and the mountains I love in NM. Thank you for creating this blog! Your enthusiasm shows and your devotion to my home seems pure! Keep it up

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